An in-depth introduction to King Lear led by Dr. Abigail Rokison (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) with members of the company. The session will focus on Text and Language, (exploring different texts of the play and the choices open to a director, as well as verse vs prose in the play) and Character.
Abigail Rokison began her career as a professional actor, before completing a PhD in Shakespearean Verse Speaking at Cambridge University. She became Director of Studies in English and Drama at Homerton College, Cambridge and joined the Shakespeare Institute in January 2013.
Her publications include Shakespearean Verse Speaking (Cambridge University Press) Shakespeare for Young People: Productions, Versions and Adaptations (Bloomsbury) in 2013 and she has contributed chapters to Shakespeare in Stages (CUP), The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry, The Great Shakespeareans series (Bloomsbury) and Shakespeare Beyond English (CUP). Abigail is also an academic advisor for Shakespeare Uncovered (BBC).